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South Lakes MP welcomes fall in unemployment

The MP for South Lakes Tim Farron has welcomed figures released today which show that unemployment has fallen in South Lakeland.

According to figures released by the Office of National Statistics, Westmorland and Lonsdale's unemployment rate fell to just over one percent of the population aged 16 - 64.

This meant that there were 119 fewer claimants than in July 2012 and 10 fewer claimants than last month.

"This announcement is heartening news for our local economy, and shows the continued resilience of South Lakeland's businesses to an extremely challenging economic climate.

“That said, we must remember that the South Lakes has a large elderly population which is not included in these figures. Whilst it is good news that our unemployment rate is so low, wages are also often lower here as the South Lakes has a higher percentage of seasonal workers than other places in the region.

"This is why it is so important that we continue pushing for well paid jobs and apprenticeships for our community."

– Tim Farron MP

Mixed unemployment figures across the Border region

The latest jobless figures have shown that while there was a drop in the number of unemployed in the Borders over the past month, there was also an increase in Dumfries and Galloway for the first time in five months.

The number of people who are out of work in the Borders stands at 1,955 - which is 32 down on last month - while in Dumfries and Galloway the figure is up by 66 to 3,322.

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Rise in unemployment for Cumbria and southern Scotland

Unemployment on the rise Credit: PA

New figures released show that there has been an increase in the number of unemployed people in Cumbria and southern Scotland.

Over the past month the number out of work in Dumfries and Galloway went up by 188 to 3542 which is 3.9%.

In the Borders the jobless figure of 2102 is up by more than 100 and stands at 3%.

Unemployment in Cumbria has risen in the last month to 2.9%.

There are 8,982 people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance - that is almost 550 more than December.

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